iPhone 6, 5S rumors point to WWDC launch

By Alan Ng - Nov 14, 2012

The iPhone 5 is now available to buy in most countries, but are you already thinking about the future or held off from buying the iPhone 5 in case Apple decides to spawn another iPhone iteration next year? We have some new rumors to share with you on the possibility of an iPhone 6 and/or iPhone 5S launching at WWDC 2013.

It’s no secret that a new iPhone now launches every year. It is a catch 22 situation for consumers, as those who bought the iPhone 5 at launch will probably regret their decision a little once specs for the iPhone 6 or 5S are revealed, but those who were not tempted by the iPhone 5 have to hold on with the iPhone 4 or 4S with older hardware, in the hope that their decision to wait was justified.

A new iPhone will definitely be coming in 2013, but will Apple release the iPhone 5S, or will they skip the upgraded version of the iPhone 5 to press on with the iPhone 6? History tells us that the iPhone 5S will be next and it could happen at WWDC 2013 instead next year, rather than in Fall 2013 as we’ve seen with the last two iPhone launches.

Whispers coming out of Asia this week have speculated that Apple are planning to put the iPhone 5S into the first production trials in December, with a view to full production starting during the first quarter of 2013. If this is confirmed to be legitimate information, then we may see the iPhone 5S at WWDC 2013 in June, after Apple has used the first quarter of 2013 to produce as many new iPhones as possible.

With the iPhone 5 having just launched in September though, what could they possibly add to tempt consumers into a purchase? The iPhone 5 now has 4G LTE support at last, but it still ships with a dual-core processor – so a quad-core chip has to come at the very least we feel. The iPhone 5S may be too early for an alleged ‘Apple A7’ processor upgrade though, so perhaps we will see this quad-core chip on an iPhone 6 instead later on in 2013.

We would also like to see improvements to the iPhone 5 camera as well, in a iPhone 5S or iPhone 6 refresh. The camera on the iPhone 5 is already very good, but at the moment we do not it is the best camera on the market – this award probably goes to the Nokia Lumia 920 in our opinion.

It has only been two months since the iPhone 5 launch, a device which is still not available to buy in countries like Hong Kong. Do you think it is too early to be thinking about the iPhone 5S or iPhone 6 already, or would you welcome a swift hardware refresh at WWDC 2013?

If you have the iPhone 5, let us know what you would like to see upgraded, if Apple were going to tempt you into a purchase again.

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